Edward Llewellyn, Baron Llewellyn of Steep

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His Excellency the Right Honourable
The Lord Llewellyn of Steep
Edward Llewellyn.jpg
Her Majesty's Ambassador to France
Assumed office
9 November 2016[1]
as Edward Llewellyn
Monarch Elizabeth II
President Francois Hollande
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Sir Julian King
Downing Street Chief of Staff
In office
11 May 2010 – 13 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Jeremy Heywood
Succeeded by Fiona Hill
Nick Timothy
Personal details
Born (1965-09-23) 23 September 1965 (age 51)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Eton College
New College, Oxford

Edward David Gerard Llewellyn, Baron Llewellyn of Steep, OBE, PC (born 23 September 1965[2]) is Her Majesty's Ambassador to France. He took up the post on 9 November 2016.[1] Formerly a British political adviser, he was the Downing Street Chief of Staff under former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Early life and career[edit]

He attended Eton College at the same time as Cameron, though Llewellyn was two years above him. Llewellyn left Eton in 1983 and spent a brief amount of time working at Conservative Central Office, before studying at New College, Oxford, where he was steward (i.e. president) of the College JCR. New College contemporaries included Rageh Omaar, Steve Hilton and Ian Katz.

Political career[edit]

After leaving Oxford, he was employed as an aide to former Governor Chris Patten in Hong Kong, as Patten's 'Chef de Cabinet' following Patten's appointment as a European Commissioner, and then to the former Liberal Democrat Leader Paddy Ashdown in his role as High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.[3][4][5]

Llewellyn was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1997 Birthday Honours[6] and promoted to Officer (OBE) in the 2006 New Year Honours.[7]

Chief of Staff to David Cameron[edit]

Following David Cameron's victory in the Conservative leadership election in December 2005, Llewellyn was hired to be Cameron's personal Chief of Staff in his capacity as Leader of the Opposition. Llewellyn continued in this role until 2010.

Negotiations over Coalition[edit]

He served as part of the Conservative negotiating team, along with George Osborne, William Hague and Oliver Letwin, when they were negotiating a possible deal with the Liberal Democrats after the 2010 General Election. Their negotiations were successful and they created the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition agreement leading to the formation of a coalition government.

Downing Street Chief of Staff[edit]

Cameron became Prime Minister and appointed Llewellyn to the post of the Downing Street Chief of Staff. In July 2011, several newspapers reported that Llewellyn asked Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates not to speak to Cameron about the News International phone hacking scandal.[8]

E-mails released by Cameron's office showed Llewellyn's reply: "On the other matters that have caught your attention this week, assuming we are thinking of the same thing, I am sure you will understand that we will want to be able to be entirely clear, for your sake and ours, that we have not been in contact with you about this subject."

Following the Conservative Party's election victory at the United Kingdom general election, 2015, Llewellyn was sworn of the Privy Council on 14 May 2015.[9]

House of Lords[edit]

In August 2016, he was nominated for a life peerage in David Cameron's Resignation Honours and was created Baron Llewellyn of Steep, of Steep in the County of Hampshire, on 20 October.[10][11]

Ambassador to France[edit]

It was announced on 23 September 2016 that he would become Her Majesty's Ambassador to France,[12] and it was reported that he will not sit in the House of Lords while serving as Ambassador.[13] He took up the post on 9 November 2016, being referred to as Edward Llewellyn.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Edward Llewellyn OBE, British Ambassador to France". Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  2. ^ LLEWELLYN, Rt Hon. Edward David Gerard, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, 2016 (online edition, Oxford University Press, 2015)
  3. ^ "At-a-glance: Cameron's camp". BBC. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Beckett, Andy (21 March 2007). "The Cameroons". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "David Cameron's band of Etonian brothers". London: The Independent. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "(Supplement) no. 54794". The London Gazette. 14 June 1997. p. 26. 
  7. ^ "(Supplement) no. 57855". The London Gazette. 31 December 2005. p. 24. 
  8. ^ Shipman, Tim (19 July 2011). "News of the World phone hacking scandal: July 19 morning as it happened". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Business Transacted and Order Approved at the Privy Council held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 14 May 2015" (PDF). Privycouncil.independent.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  10. ^ "Resignation Honours 2016". Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "no. 61741". The London Gazette. 25 October 2016. p. 22592. 
  12. ^ "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to France". Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Elliott, Francis (24 September 2016). "Former chief aide at No 10 becomes our man in Paris". Times online. Retrieved 24 September 2016.  (subscription may be required or content may be available in libraries)
  14. ^ "British Embassy Paris". gov.uk. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Jeremy Heywood
Downing Street Chief of Staff
Succeeded by
Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Julian King
British Ambassador to France